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Lists and reports

This function launches the Ancestris reports.


Some reports can be run directly from the Ancestris Menu, Menu/Tools/Quick Reports.
They are: Quick List, Family Group and Close Relatives reports.



This window lists all available reports on the left, and the explanation of the selected report is on the right.

The toolbar allows you to launch the selected report or change the layout of the list.



Start Button

This button starts the selected report. Make sure you have set your launch options beforehand.

Stop Button

This button is used to stop a report that would take too long to run. Indeed, depending on the size of your genealogy, some reports may take time to produce the result.

Sort List Button

This button toggles the list from a category list to an alphabetical list and vice versa.


Reports List

The reports in the list are sorted by category: charts, lineages, lists, research, etc.

When a report is selected, its description and launch options appear on the right hand side in the corresponding two tabs.

This list includes reports from several contributors and we gratefully thank them. The reports were originally the first way for each Ancestris user to meet specific needs. It is always possible to make your own reports in Java programming if you feel like it. We will help you make your first attempts. Check out the contribution pages.

One of the consequences is that the reports might be different from one another, and the output formats may depend on each report.

Therefore, it is important to read the description of each one.

Description of a report

The description of the report specifies the author and the date of creation.

In general, you will find an illustration, a description and mainly the explanation of the launch options.

Report Options

This tab allows you to modify the launch options.

Some reports have a lot of options.

If the options or their explanations are not explicit enough, try to run it on a small amount of data to test the output.



Reports allow you to visualize your genealogy from different angles, make analyses, or even extract data from it.

Did you know ?  Ancestris has contributed to health science. In 2009 and 2010 the Ancestris team collaborated with Nadine Pellen, a cystic fibrosis researcher. Thanks to algorithms developed for the occasion in Ancestris, she was able to succeed in her research by manipulating 250 family trees and 258,000 individuals. On March 18, 2013, she published "Cystic fibrosis as an inheritance".

For her thesis, Nadine Pellen used a report that we produced quickly and specifically for her to codify the ancestry of patients carrying the cystic fibrosis gene and to produce a file from which she was then able to carry out all the analyses.

Launching a report

A report can be started in several ways.

A report can deal with all the individuals in a genealogy (list of acts to be researched, age pyramid, etc.) or focus on a particular individual (ancestry report).

When you launch a report from the List and reports window, you can sometimes choose the individuals on which you want to run the report if it is available in  the options.

When you launch the report from the Context Menu, the menus expand to offer you to launch the report for the whole genealogy or only for the entity you clicked on.


The following expanding sub-menus are the same reports that you find in List and Reports, arranged by category.

Since the documentation of each report is included in its description, we do not document them again in this page.

Only complex reports that require further explanation will be detailed in this online documentation.

This is the case of the Information Sheets of Individuals/Families report. It is described in a dedicated page.




There is a tutorial on printing trees from the reports list. It is in French and in PDF format. You can download it here.